LOUISE DISTRAS returns with a new single next month, along with a series of UK and European dates.
'Aileen' explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos, and sees Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life.
Her first new music since her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor, the single was co-produced by Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, The Vamps, John Mayer) and Dreams... producer Steve Whale.
Says Distras of 'Aileen', "One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary Selling Of A Serial Killer, which is about 'America's first female serial killer', Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen's story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature vs nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It's called Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement and it's available via scanning a QR code that's printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK."
The single and its accompanying film will be released worldwide on 30th September 2016 digitally via iTunes and Amazon. It's available to pre-order now exclusively via Louise's official website.
Distras and her band will be embarking on a series of dates throughout the coming months, kicking off with an appearance at London's Loud Women Festival - also featuring GRACE PETRIE, THE WIMMINS' INSTITUTE, THE FRANKLYS, PETROL GIRLS and more - at T Chances in Tottenham on 3 September. Tickets are available here.
Full tour dates are....
3 Sept London, Loud Women Festival
4 Sept Forest of Dean, Common Ground Festival
24 Sept Forest of Dean, Something Else in the Dean Festival
26 Sept Manchester, Gullivers w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
30 Sept Camden, Black Heart w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
1 Oct London, Rich Mix*
5 Oct Birmingham, The Rainbow
6 Oct Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
7 Oct Derby, The Maypole
8 Oct Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10 Oct Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11 Oct Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12 Oct 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13 Oct Dundee, The Vestry
14 Oct Glasgow, Audio
15 Oct Edinburgh, Bannerman's
16 Oct Nottingham, Foreman's w/ TV Smith*
21 Oct Leeds, Verve
19 Nov Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21 Nov Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22 Nov Bonn, Kult 41 (Germany)
23 Nov Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
27 Nov Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29 Nov Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)
Tickets are available here.
Watch a behind the scenes clip of Louise Distras at this year's Rebellion.
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